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Western Illinois University
  • Position Number: 1312186
  • Location: Macomb, IL
  • Position Type: Vocational & Technical - Tourism

RPTA Assistant Professor

About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:
APPOINTMENT: August 20, 2019

The assistant professor will teach in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration program located on Western Illinois University's Macomb campus.
Duties include:

TEACHING: Provide quality instruction in the Department's core course sequence
and teach introductory and upper division undergraduate and graduate professional courses in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) program. Provide supervision for both undergraduate and graduate internships, projects or theses as assigned.
SCHOLARSHIP: Develop a focused area of scholarship that culminates in refereed publications and professional presentations, be involved in collaborative scholarly projects with faculty and students. Develop and submit grant proposals in related areas of interest.
SERVICE: Participate in faculty meetings and departmental activities. Serve on Department, College, and/or University Committees and contribute to professional organizations. Mentor majors regarding general career options and professional matters.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in the area of recreation, parks, leisure studies, tourism, hospitality, or related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Demonstrated teaching excellence at the college level in outdoor leadership and/or resource management, recreation administration, evidence of scholarship with a focused research plan, and relevant professional experience

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:
THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (, at Western Illinois University, holds NRPA accreditation and is housed in the College of Education and Human Services. The RPTA Department has 150 undergraduate majors and 30 full-time graduate students. It is comprised of 9 full-time tenure track positions along with associate faculty and part-time instructors. Three full time faculty members serve at the Quad Cities campus, and six full time faculty members serve at the Macomb, IL campus. The Department administers the 92-acre Horn Field Campus. The RPTA department at Western has a long history of collaborations among faculty members that have contributed to our growth and strength as a department and in our college. The department seeks to hire new faculty that will add and complement our diversity of knowledge and who will participate fully in the continued growth and health of the program.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 14 consecutive years and as one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.
The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 566 full-time faculty members teach 96 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to eight pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 8,109): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,332): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:
APPLICATION: Complete applications include:
1) a letter of application
2) current curriculum vita or resume
3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references
4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required, official copies will be requested of selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on November 11, 2018.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Megan Owens at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at

To Apply, visit:

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